The publishing headquarters provides assistance to
the lower levels in completing their plans and in conducting their
rehearsals. Instructions to execute the plan are disseminated usually
the operation plan (OPLAN), or a letter of instruction (LOI).
This concludes the discussions on the techniques and procedures used to
develop a plan. We discussed the characteristics of a plan, the nine steps
staff for planning, and developing a planning program. We will now show you
how to apply some of these techniques.
PART B - DEVELOP A BATTALION RELIGIOUS PROGRAM
The mission of chaplains and chaplain assistants in combat and peacetime is
to perform and provide for the comprehensive religious support to soldiers,
their family members, and other authorized personnel.
Teamwork is necessary for chaplains and chaplain assistants to achieve their
comprehensive religious support mission, and to provide for the free
exercise of religion.
In order to fulfill their support functions,
chaplains and chaplain assistants are assigned to unit ministry teams
(UMTs), which include, as a minimum, one chaplain and one chaplain
The chaplain is the religious leader of the assigned unit.
The chaplain assistant is specially trained to assist the chaplain in
furnishing comprehensive religious support.
Comprehensive religious support includes those pastoral acts, rites,
ceremonies, sacraments, ordinances, worship and educational opportunities,
and pastoral counseling and visits performed or provided for by the UMT.
Comprehensive religious support also includes battle fatigue interventions,
moral and ethical counsel, social concerns, and advice to the command.
Commanders' Religious Support Responsibilities.
The battalion religious program is the commanders' program.
You, as the
unit chaplain, aided by the chaplain assistant, design, implement and
execute the commander's program.
Commanders are responsible for the well being of the people in their
As stated, the religious programs implemented in units are the
commanders' plans. A commander provides the necessary training and support
to ensure that the religious, spiritual, and moral requirements of all
soldiers, family members, and other authorized personnel are addressed.